Friday, March 19, 2010

When the Rubber Meets the Road

"With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Don't ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the LORD and stay away from evil." (Proverbs 3:5-7, CEV)

I've got my undies in a bundle over a national issue affecting my son's well-being these days. I find myself with my stomach in knots, tense, irritable, losing sleep. I've even shed tears over this issue.

Meanwhile, my neighbor's dog has left copious piles of poop in our yard over the winter months. Joy! I know what my nasty little self wants to do with those piles of poop, especially since the same neighbor falsely accused one of my kids of trimming their bushes. (Ever hear of rabbits, buddy?!)

And as if that's not enough, there's a kid at school who won't relent in pushing my son emotionally over the edge. We've had to make numerous adjustments just to keep our son attending school. And while I know this little antagonist has issues of his own, my sinful spirit wants to give him and his parents a piece of my mind!

Think I'm "spider-webbing", all over the place with my thoughts? I'll bet YOU'VE had days like these. And THIS is where the rubber meets the road! We can read scripture, memorize verses, throw platitudes at others, but our true faith is what shines through at these most trying of times.

Trusting in the Lord is what keeps me from totally losing hope because of what is happening in Washington, DC. Trusting in the Lord is what keeps me from leaving a fecal package with a cranky letter to keep your mutt on your own side of the property line at my neighbor's doorstep. Trusting in the Lord is what keeps me from losing my cool with little Mr. Antagonist and his parents.

We can think we're so clever and justified in taking things into our own hands. But is that how our Human Example lived out His life? Did He espouse the saying, "Don't get mad - Get Even!"? Did He let Himself be paralyzed by worry and fear? No, He didn't do any of these things, thus, neither should we.

We can't do it of our own power! Humanly, I have ZERO self-control! But by the power of the Holy Spirit in me, I can reflect God's glory in the ugliest of situations. (Phil 4:13) Immersing ourselves daily in His word and prayer, are what keep us on the short-leash, enabling us to maneuver through life with His perfect guidance. I know without that, I'm off on my own, letting my ugly side hang out and forfeiting God's best for me.

Trust in your Maker! He loves you outrageously! He has your best in mind! And His way IS perfect!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Barb,
    Brings to mind the image of the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. ;)

    You are the first blogger I've met with a child with hemophilia. Most therapists don't ever see a patient with hemophilia but I worked in the clinic here for a while.